The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two nurses working at Trinity Clinic, Meiran, Lagos, for allegedly selling a woman’s newly born baby after deceiving her that she had a stillbirth which had been buried by the hospital already to save the family from heartbreak.
It was gathered that the nurses, Mrs. Marbel Onochel and Dorcas Omitogun, allegedly sold the baby for N350,000 to Mrs. Helen Okoh, a resident of Ajah in Lagos. The police have also arrested her.
Besides allegedly engaging in child theft and trafficking, it was learnt that Onochel, a Delta State indigene, also ran an illegal traditional hospital at Meiran.
Trouble, however, reportedly started after the woman’s family insisted that they wanted to see the body of the baby, but the suspects could not provide it.
It was learnt that the suspects were arrested and during investigation, they confessed to have sold the baby to Mrs. Okoh.
It was gathered that Nurse Onochel kept N250,000 from the sale and gave Nurse Omitogun N100,000.
During interrogation, the woman who bought the baby said she was desperate for a child because she was unable to conceive, as she had fibroid.
Confirming their arrest, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), told The Nation that the baby had been recovered from the buyer. He said:
“We have recovered the baby, arrested the woman who bought the baby and the two nurses who conspired and sold the baby. The suspects will be charged to court.”